SICILY, Messana. c. 420-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Dr. Athos Moretti Collection

Ancient Coins - SICILY, Messana. c. 420-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Dr. Athos Moretti Collection
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c. 420-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm, 17.22g (7h, 24mm). Slow biga of mules r., the standing driver wearing long chiton and holding the reins with both his hands, the kentron with his l. hand; above, MESS - ANA, in the exergue, two dolphins swimming to meet each other / MES - SA-NI - O - N Hare leaping r., below, dolphin r.

Pedigree: Dr. Athos Moretti Collection. Ex NAC 13 (1998), lot 363

Price: $27,500


The leaping hare is a well-known image on the coinage of Messana. The hare can be elongated and thin or almost a caricature of a bunny. Either way, they are fabulously popular coins and for good reason. The imagery is bold and it shows the talent of the die engravers of the time. The hare was considered a good luck symbol among other things and there are several varieties of hares that can be found within the Sicilian coinage series.


The obverse imagery of a biga of mules with a driver signifies the success of Anaxilas, and his success at the Olympic games.


For more information on this exciting series, an article in Coin Week is below:

http://www.coinweek.com/ancient-coins/bunny-money-rabbits-hares-ancient-coins/


References: Caccamo Caltabiano 284, 526.6 (this specimen, illustr. on pl. 32). AMB 363 (this specimen).

Grade: Superb strike and pretty cabinet toning. Some slight roughness on the obverse, otherwise, Mint State

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Price SKU: gk1052
US$ 27,500.00
  • € 23,314.96
  • £ 20,840.08
  • AUD 36,445.95
  • CHF 27,269.18
  • CAD 35,096.02

Rates for: 11/17/17

Ships from: United States
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